Monday, June 18, 2018

Return to Boulder County

June 17, 2018

Richard Stevens:

What a beautiful day after the last couple of 90-degree days.  Temperature only reached 68 degrees today.  Winds were 2-3 mph with gusts only to 10 mph!

Rebecca Kosten and I decided to bird Boulder County.  The Chestnut-sided Warbler was singing when we stopped at the Mesa South parking area.  

Next, we hiked the Eldorado Mountain Open Space with target birds American Three-toed Woodpecker and Lewis's Woodpecker in mind.  While neither was found, a singing Ovenbird, Red-eyed Vireo and Virginia's Warbler above the Eldorado Post Office were nice finds.

A short hike around Gregory Canyon did not find any Rose-breasted Grosbeaks or Indigo Buntings.  We did see another Virginia's Warbler.  A Golden Eagle soared overhead.

After lunch, we searched for the Northern Cardinal and Indigo Buntings previously reported at the Hawthorne Gulch Area.  Neither was relocated.

At dusk, we hiked up (not far) the Mesa South and Skunk Canyon Trails.  Rainy weather did not aid in our owl search.  No owls were encountered this evening.

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